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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Safe house destroyed, rockets discovered

KALSU, Iraq – An insurgent safe house was destroyed by a precision air strike after four rockets were discovered on the property by Coalition Forces southwest of Iskandariyah Aug. 12.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters spotted rockets aimed at a Coalition forward operating base after conducting a reconnaissance mission in response to an indirect fire attack on the base earlier in the day.

When the rockets were spotted, Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, launched a quick reaction force to secure the site and retrieve the munitions.

Once on scene, Soldiers searched the house and surrounding area and confirmed four 240mm rockets with launching rail systems, circuit boards used for setting up and firing rockets, load bearing equipment, a pistol belt, ammunition vests, knives and other materials, including new bed rolls, which were barricaded inside one room of the house.

After the rockets and equipment were secured, U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets dropped three 500-pound bombs to destroy the house.

The munitions and equipment were recovered for use in the investigation.

This video is of 1-501st PIR, Blackfoot Company in Iraq on a night mission on 12-AUG-2007. It may not be associated with the same incident.

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